It’s fascinating with each new day to check in on the Memeorandum news aggregator page, which faithfully reflects what’s trending in the mainstream media. For months, the top trend — which is displayed with numerous links at the top of the webpage — has usually been something derogatory (and as often as not something false) about Donald Trump, or someone connected to Trump.
Today is no different. Today’s trending media kerfuffle seems to be the report that Neil Gorsuch, when he was a high school student at Georgetown Prep in Bethesda, founded the “Fascism Forever Club.”
The Daily Mail claims this scoop as an EXCLUSIVE, and opens its report all out of breath:
Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch founded and led a student group called the ‘Fascism Forever Club’ at his elite high school, DailyMail.com can reveal.
The club was set up to rally against the ‘left-wing tendencies’ of his professors while attending a Jesuit all-boys preparatory high school near Washington D.C.
The name may be inconvenient for a Supreme Court nominee facing a tough confirmation battle. However it also shows the depth of Gorscuch’s right-wing credentials – and his penchant for mischief while attending his exclusive prep school in the 1980s.
My, my, my. The report goes on to present more damning evidence, including our shameful feature image, in which Gorsuch poses with William F. Buckley, Jr.’s 1959 book Up from Liberalism, described darkly by Daily Mail as “a key text of the conservative movement.” Daily Mail also feels compelled to point out that Gorsuch is “kicking back in a chair in a button-down shirt and tie” for this interlude with the Buckley book, which in tone and superfluity is rather like pointing out that Michelangelo’s David is “standing unclothed, looking to his left, with a sling over his shoulder.”